CFD Simulation Model of Salt Wedge Propagation
This study aims to numerically simulate the flow of the salt wedge by using computational fluid dynamics, CFD. The accuracy of the numerical simulation model was assessed against published laboratory data. Twelve CFD model runs were conducted under the same laboratory conditions. The results showed that the propagation of the salt wedge is inversely proportional to the applied freshwater discharge and the bed slope of the flume. The maximum propagation is obtained at the lowest discharge value and the minimum slope of the flume. The comparison between the published laboratory results and numerical simulation shows a good agreement. The range of the relative error varies between 0 and 16% with an average of 2% and a root mean square error of 0.18. Accordingly, the CFD software is quite valid to simulate the propagation of the salt wedge.
Article received: 2 / 9 /2021
Article accepted: 3 / 10 /2021
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